Def Jam Rapstar adds Kinect, drops price

Rap-themed karaoke title now lets users record videos using Microsoft's motion-sensing camera; stand-alone MSRP now $40.

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Konami's Def Jam Rapstar launched in early October sandwiched between two music-themed industry heavyweights Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock and Rock Band 3. The rap-themed music entry won decent critical praise, and volleys of new songs have been made available for the title since launch. Now, two new updates have arrived for the game.

Def Jam Rapstar added Kinect support with a new patch.

Konami sent word today that a patch is now live for the Xbox 360 version of the title that brings Kinect support. Using the tech's camera, gamers will be able to record videos of themselves and upload them to the community.

The other bit of news Konami dropped today was that Def Jam Rapstar's new MSRP has dropped to $40 for the stand-alone product (Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3). It appears as if the $70 bundled controller version of the title would also see a price drop. Amazon and GameStop are currently selling the microphone-bundled versions at $50.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of Def Jam Rapstar.

Discussion

42 comments
NND1
NND1

I own a Kinect and I am stoked about the patches... Maybe they will add support to more games as such..

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@chilly-chill Nothing is wrong with Netflix, i'm just waiting for the Kinect patch. Kinect use was talked about before launch, but at launch it wasn't live yet. If it works anywhere close to as great as Last.fm and ESPN, I can wait. Those work great.

hahamanin
hahamanin

umm.... i had xbox live vision camera b4 its the same thing isnt it?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I won't be picking up the title, but I like hearing about patches such as this one. Anything that gives the Kinect (and Move for that matter) more traction will be good for those of us who bought it at launch. Now give me a patch on Netflix! As an aside, the post-game videos after each Kinect Sports match can be hilarious, so these vids could be (unintentionally) funny, too.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

well alright let me drop my pants to my knees and spit out some mad lyrics

TheDreamSeeker
TheDreamSeeker

If you gave one of these modern rappers the task of writing a song, that cannot contain the words, boy, girl, police, b***h or n***a. The song would be Instrumental.

Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

Are you trying to say that rap hasn't created or at least been involved in some fashion in violence? Heck, you can't show a movie about rap and/or rappers without thugs wanting to shoot people.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@zzamaro, You're misquoting me. Of course I'd be hypocritical if I actually said what you claim I said. Fortunately, I neither said I'm not buying the Move, nor did I say that the Move is bad because it has patched games. So, no, I'm not blind. Nor am I hypocritical. Also, the fact that you're actively looking for my posts means that you are taking this stuff way too seriously. They're just videogames. When someone says something positive about a stupid consumer product you don't like, you're not obligated to respond. It's not life and death.

zzamaro
zzamaro

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Evo8u
Evo8u

@inferno394 I totally agree. The thing that is ridiculous about rap now a days is that pretty much every song has a the same 4 words in its lyrics: Money, Ho's, stripers, bentley.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@OmegaPillow he's been sniffing too much napalm

inferno394
inferno394

Rap is dead. Nothing like it was in the early and late 90's

andalore
andalore

For some reason, I don't see my avatar as a 'Def jam Rapper' :P

IceJester45
IceJester45

I'm always happy to see more third-party support for Kinect. It's interesting the support came in the form of a patch. I guess patches that enable Kinect compatibility can be practical.

Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

Does it include "beef mode" which leads to violence like shootings and drive-bys? Video games do have to keep raising the bar on realism.

jma1024x
jma1024x

Great way to boost sales. Would have been even better if they did it a week before Xmas, so people buying gifts would know.

rich19913
rich19913

nice...hopefully more people will pick up this game! Great party game!!

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@mightEone Yes. See KRS-ONE, Gangstar, and Immortal Technique if ya want to talk about hip hop :) @Flint247 All music is repetitive by its very nature (even a band like Rush), but point taken.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

so how does this work then? Does it just film your movements and super impose them over a music video style back ground or does it take in the back ground too? Interesting idea, nice to see games taking advantage of the kinect

monson21502
monson21502

@blackace, your right. ms should spend some money if they have to. they should really push for letting us put our videos on facebook and youtube. it would be fun for us and help them sell alot more games

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Why exactly would Kinetic make this game any better?

mightEone
mightEone

There's a difference between Rap and Hip Hop. Hip Hop tells stories and is something people can relate too. Think of like Slick Rick's Children Story or The Humpty Dance. Those are fun Hip Hop songs that many people like. Rap on the other hand is just a bunch of egotistical dudes with too much money that talk about money and hoes all the time.

Flint247
Flint247

I like rap, but a lot of rap today is repetitive.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

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shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@petemig thanx for thumbing down my comment, like kat williams says "i need haters like you" :) you misread my comment- fake "thugs", auto tune, dancing idiots that think they can rap when they should be brittney spears back up dancers and talentless "artist" who don't write their own rhymes and white kids who buy into an "image" because they lack the self esteem/confidence to be themselves and want to shock their parents at the same time, thats what ruined hip hop. and this is just giving more talentless fools the idea that they could rap. the mainstream has killed hip hop, and i wouldn't assume that you get that judging by your dislike of "ghetto trash". again just so you get it, kinect didn't ruin it, but this game along with what the article discusses is only helping dig a deeper grave. hip hop has been a real art form for 30 years, but somebody with a ben stiller pic on their gs profile probably didn't know that. Run and tell that, homeboy.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

when will it have everyone's most anticipated song... "Bed Intruder"? //hide yo' kids. hide yo' wife.

blackace
blackace

@oneligas all i can say is its going to be really funny seeing nerdy white guys like me rapping with kinect ****************************************************** Where can I see these videos? I need a good laugh. M$ should allow Kinect to upload the videos to YouTube and Facebook. That would be cool.

monson21502
monson21502

so it begans..... game patches to add kinect support:D but even kinect cant make me like rap:P

DarkMasterShake
DarkMasterShake

@petemig you just described Ben Stiller lol. But i still like him and hip hop so whatever. dont mind me continue to act like a music snob

muppen
muppen

I'm still amazed that people actually want to play "games" like this.

petemig
petemig

@ Shaun: This is what's ruining hip-hop? HAHAHAHAHAH! You blame Kinect for ruining and industry filled with fake, loser, uneducated, talentless, narcissistic, washed up, un-original, studio produced ghetto trash? It is Kinect's fault hip-hop sucks? Too funny man...too funny.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

@tiago606 I was just thinking the same thing.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

just when everybody in the industry that thought they could rap gets a record deal, now another industry makes it so everybody without a deal that thinks they can rap can look like an idiot doing it. this is what is ruining hip hop, along with auto tune. eff def jam.

oneligas
oneligas

all i can say is its going to be really funny seeing nerdy white guys like me rapping with kinect